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In a finale to a brilliant and unparalleled recording career, George
completed his last ever studio recordings in 1998. The first project was
his album 'In My Life' which featured mainly Beatles tracks performed by
some of George's 'heroes and friends' - Robin Williams, Jeff Beck, Phil
Collins, Celine Dion, Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey and Sean Connery. Supported
by a documentary about its making the album achieved Gold status in
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The last project was for
another old friend. Asked by EMI and Yoko Ono, George contributed to the
John Lennon anthology with the well received arrangement of John's 'Grow
Old With Me'.
1998 also saw George named as the B.P.I's (British Phonographic Industry) 'Man of the Year' and in 1999 he was inducted in to the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to music.
^ George Martin with Celine Dion
In 2001 EMI released the 6 CD boxed set 'Produced By' which, for the first time ever, pulled together some of George's greatest recordings from his 50 years in the studio. With sleeve notes by Mark Lewisohn, this collection of tracks and notes represents the definitive overview of one of the finest musical careers ever.
In late 2001 and early 2002 most of George's time was spent arranging the musical celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, which culminated in a hugely successful, globally telecast rock concert from the grounds of Buckingham Place on June 3rd. The DVD release of the event, 'Party at the Palace' raised millions for charity.
After three years of production work the Beatles 'Love' show opened in Las Vegas in 2006. The Grammy-winning soundtrack, co-produced with his son Giles, is a unique blend of original masters manipulated to form a dynamic 90 minute soundscape. The show and resulting album have been huge critical and commercial successes.
Although George spends less time in the studio these days he is still working hard. He continues to write music; perform concerts; give motivational talks; work with charities; advise broadcasters and government on music content and help run his music publishing company George Martin Music.
In his career to date George has been awarded two Ivor Novellos, six Grammys and in 2008 was the recipient of the Grammy Foundation's Leadership Award.